Song of the Volga Boatman

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composition date
1941
genre
Pop
songwriter(s)
Traditional
William J. Finnegan
related performer(s)
Glenn Miller

Tortured for American ears

Feodor Chaliapin popularized this traditional Russian song in his concerts and recitals throughout the United States. When he heard the Bill Finegan swing arrangement played by the Miller band, his comment was, “The boatmen’s song is tortured for American ears.”

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